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. speculation grows over who might be pope benedict xvi's successor after he steps down later this month. >> today is red hand day, highlighting the plight of child soldiers around the world. north korea says it will not bowed to international pressure to end its nuclear program. the country carry out its third nuclear test on tuesday, breaking u.n. resolutions, and for their actions could still be to come. >> p'yongyang says the test is an act of self-defense against what it calls hostility from the united states, but the move was only served to increase its isolation from the rest of the world. washington has confirmed north korea had told the u.s. government about the test beforehand. and even china, north korea's sole ally, has urged pyongyang to stop before it makes matters worse. >> tensions are high in south korea. protesters denounced north korea's nuclear tests. north korean state media claim the country had exploded a more powerful bomb than it had been able to build a earlier. diplomats at the united nations security council emergency meeting also expressed alarm. >> countries
the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
and makes us new." just ahead, benedict's health, his replacement, and what's next for the catholic church. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bombshell greeting 1 billion catholics around the world. their spiritual leader, pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. we're bringing you all the angles of this developing story. joining me now for this hour's special coverage, chris cuomo, he's in new york. >> good morning, carol. great to joining here. >>> shocking news because this simply hasn't been done. it's been almost 600 years since a pope resigned. it was gregory xii. it was to end the civil war. the question becomes why is pope benedict doing this now? we're going to get reaction first because no one saw this coming, certainly in this country. let's start off our coverage with deb feyerick in st. patrick's cathedral in new york city, the center of the american catholic tradition here. deb, what are you hearing this morning? what a shocker. >> reporter: it's fascinating because the resignation to
on a transatlantic free trade agreement. >> pope benedict celebrates his last public mass as pontiff inside st. peter's basilica in rome. >> and the movie "night train to lisbon" has its world premiere at the berlin film festival. president barack obama says the american economy has made important progress, but there is still a long way to go. he delivered the annual state of the union address in washington last night and urged americans to help jump-start the country's sluggish -- sluggish economy. >> pushing hard for a special economy would significant job growth. that looks like the message obama plans to hammer home time and time again during his time in office. >> presidents also touched on foreign policy, praising u.s. soldiers stationed in afghanistan and promising them a speedy return home. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> it is a washington ritual, long applause, handshakes, and hugs on both sides of the aisle. in his speech, obama focused clearly on domestic issues, among them, raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration, and modernizing the education system. he also
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, becau
you. happening now, the final day on the job for pope benedict and we will go live to rome for a look at the unpress democraticked farewell to the pontiff. >> but, first, the promise that apple c.e.o. is making to investors worried about the huge stock slide. >> here is a look outside at the embarcardero and the bay from our roof top camera. >> the lights are still dancing across the bay bridge. we are going from spring to winter in a matter of about five days. saturday is warm, again, but by wednesday and thursday, it will be back in the 50's for highs, those are the better days for rain. but today we have high clouds and sunshine and mid-to-upper 60's around the bay shore and low 70's inland and upper 50's to 60 along the coast. rough surf tomorrow and low-to-mid 70's for the rest of us and sprinkles are possible in the north bay on saturday and cooler breezes for all of us on sunday. sue? >> thanks, rough drive if you are readed to benicia sub680 we have an accident, multi-cars, flatbed truck, left lane is blocked, center divide, shoulder, also, a lot of activity and very slow traf
a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
turn out to listen and catch a glimpse of the aforementioned pope. pope benedict xvi in one of his final public appearances. >> find out why you may want to really monitor what your children see. >>> wusa9 is back in two minutes with those >>> good morning. many of you are enjoying the holiday, thank you for watching us. you want to bundle up or hunker down into the covers each more because it is so cold outside. >> boy you said it. >> down to the teens in a few spots. we won't have the snow showers like yesterday. it is going to be a nice, sunny monday around here. let's talk about it. we have a cold start. here's your day planner this monday morning. president's day 2013. temperatures starting out in many cases a few upper teens right now. as we head toward the afternoon hours, we are not going to have the showers around. temperatures will be climbing into the low 40s with lots and lots of sunshine today. lots of sunshine. pittsburgh down to 10, 18 new york, providence 16. they have a bunch of snow here in eastern massachusetts. richmond on down to 21. we are going to start to ha
for son tiff kit of pope benedict xvi. then around 2:00 he will catch a flight to rome where he will take part in selecting the next pope. pope benedict held his final sunday blessing this morning. he will only have one scheduled appearance before he retires on thursday. this all comes as the italian media now reporting a whirlwind of controversy surrounding his historic resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals. outside that spiritual haven a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call quote defamatory false reports. >> it is deplorable as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscious and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a wide spread distribution of often unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope and three cardinals. the report lists a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power. and suggesting a shadowy gay lobby. the content
benedict xvi has announced his historic resignation. >> a pretty dramatic change. it means he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >> "top gear" has shown a video of a helicopter racing a cobra with a disastrous ending. >> the end of the mardi gras season. >> i like it very much. >> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> keep mice from overrunning their mistresses' boudoirs. >> that's interesting. >> top ten questions on the application to become a swimsuit model. >> how does brent musburger describe you? >> and all that matters -- >> awarded the medal for courageous action. his son stole the show playing peek-a-boo. >> colin is not as shy as clint. >> on "cbs this morning." >> lightning struck the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of th
event. benedict's decision to resign sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope. by mid-march. by any luck, that would mean a po new pope would be in place before easter. ash wednesday begins this week. the most important 40 days in the catholic calendar. >> the most significant spiritual period. let's bring in dan harris. good morning, dan. >> this is rare, historic and a complete surprise to the people around the pope. this morning, in rome, he convened a meeting of top church officials. reading a statement in latin saying that he'll resign effective february 28th at 8:00 p.m. local time. he said in the last few months, that his mind and body, have quote, deteriorated. >> i'm shocked and startled as of all of you. >> reporter: this morning, reaction from new york's cardinal dolan. >> there's a somberness there. there's a sadness there. >> reporter: benedict, who's 85 years old, has been pope since april 2005 who took over for the immensely popular pope john paul ii. his papacy has been marked by controversy. the pope criticized for how he handled the situation in his p
church and new pope to be elect ed ined in the concave in the middle of march, and pope benedict resigning and first time in 600 years and enormous story. >> what about you? >> i learned that the last time the pope resigned, mike barnicle was about to get his driver's license. >> 1415 and let me tell you it was hard. >> well, it is like those flintstone cars that mike had to move the feet really fast. >> all right. well, very good, and pitchers and catchers today. this is the day you waited for. >> it looks like it out there. >> it has been a long and cold and lonely winter. >> little darling. we will see what happens. if it is way too early, mike, what time is it? >> well, if it is way too early, it is time for "morning joe" but now it is time for our old pal chuck todd. >> all right. take itway, chuck. >>> big breaking news this morning, pope benedict xvith announces he will step down at the the end of the month citing a lack of strength. the 85-year-old's historic decision makes him the first catholic church leader to leave office in 600 years. we could have a new pope by mid-
. >>> thank you, guys. a stunner in the catholic church. benedict is the first pope in 600 years to leave on his own will. so the question is, who's next? i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. he says he wants revenge on the lapd. now as this ex-cop remains on the run, police announce they're looking into his firing. >>> plus, yet another navy s.e.a.l. breaks his silence about the raid that killed osama bin laden. but this time, it's the guy who shot the world's most wanted terrorist. my panel weighs in. >>> and -- ♪ some nights i call >> they are arguably the hottest band in music right now. do you still feel like you're dreaming or has it hit you, your success? >> and you will hear my behind the scenes chat with grammy winners fun. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thin
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
the world are still stunned this morning by pope benedict's surprise announcement he's giving up the pa papacy. a papal abdication has not happened in six centuries. it's creating shock waves even from the sky. "the guardian" newspaper showing lightning hitting st. peter's basilica. chris jansing is in rome this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, richard. there's a lot of speculation here about what that lightning strike means. i can't give you any inside information but the other big speculation, of course, is who will succeed pope benedict. this is something we have not seen since the middle ages. how do you choose a pope when there's one still living? there's a very different church than we saw even eight years ago, and certainly three decades ago when john paul ii was elected. this is a church that is very heavily in latin america. about 42% of catholics are in latin america now. they're growing as well in africa. only 25% in europe, but more than half of the cardinals who will come here to vatican city and who will announce a new pope are from europe. so, here
>>> good morning, america. major bulletin right now. pope benedict resign ifs a stunning announcement at the vatican. citing his advanced age and diminishing strength. the first pep to step down in almost 600 years. what this means for the catholic church. >>> going across the interstate. >> and breaking now, tornadoes slam the south. this massive twister through a town at the dinner hour. dozens of people injured. hundreds of homes destroyed. it looked like it was amile wide. new blizzards right now. >>> and good morning, america. a huge headline right now. pope benedict xvi moments ago making this announcement. speaking in lat on the a group of cardinals. and announcing his rezization. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate carrying out of the ministry. >> the last pope to resign was pope gregory xii, almost 60 years ago. benedict's rescission to resign sets the stage for a clooichb to be -- conclave, to elect a new pope. ash wednesday begins this we
are watching "gmt ." on "bbc world news." our top stories, pope benedict makes his first public appearance since his shocking resignation announcement. a rapturous welcome as the pope took part in his weekly audience. >> i resigned for the benefit of the church, having prayed hard and examined my conscience, i am fully aware of the gravity of the decision. >> in his state of the union address, president obama urges republicans to support him. he says that people expect the government to put the nation's interest before parties. photographs of a bikini clad duchess of cambridge on holiday are being published in magazines. also in the program, aaron is taking a look at what persia's profits are driving off a cliff. >> $6.7 billion, that is what france's biggest carmaker loss last year. plus europe continues to be bogged down in recession. all of this has the french government up at night as they refuse to allow the company to close factories and cut jobs. ♪ >> it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, 1:00 in the afternoon in italy, where the pope received a lengthy ovation at his f
benedict has pacemaker in his heart long before being elected as pope back in 2005. months ago, we now know he had surgery to replace the pacemaker batteries, an operation that was conducted in absolute secrecy. vatican says it was routine. the shock waves continue to reverberate for catholics around the world and a lot of folks seem to have the same reaction, even if it's something the world hasn't seen in six centuries. >> i shows what a truly humble servant. he loved our church so much, he didn't let pride get in the way. >> probably we're in the right times and listen to the catholic church and new generation of catholics. >> its demanding job. it takes a special person at that age to handle the day to day and far reaching plans of the church. >> i appreciated the word father smith used, retiring. when you can't do the job, hand it over. >> retiring is something we have never thought of but his retirement years, vatican says he will be moved in the vatican owned villa, a monastery where crews are working on renovations. a handful of people at the vatican knew it was going to be the pope
this morning, pope benedict xvith announces he will step down at the the end of the month citing a lack of im the first catholic church leader to leave office in 600 years. we could have a new pope by mid-march just before easter. if you think e that the iowa caucuses are complicated, wait until you get a load of the college of cardinals. >>> and at home, the president plans to focus on the economy, but what makes this speech different from most years? it has much more the do with what happens in next six week thans the next year. >>> and the family of joe paterno say nas the investigation has flaws on the original report of the sexual abuse scandal and this morning we will talk to one of the authors of the report attorney dick thornburg. from washington, it is february, 11, 2013, and we will go the rome for pope benedict's historic announce ment. let me begin with the first read, and with the focus of gun violence in an inaugural address that laid out the case of progressive values and the push for a transformative next four years, president obama will pivot back to the economy in the state
benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and edinborough. >> quite upsetting. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize to all whom i've offended. >> the one who handed me over to you -- >> reporter: just last week, o'brien spoke out about the american cardinal, mahoney under pressure to sit out the conclave because he s
benedict xvi no longer is the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics. his resignation the first of any pope in nearly 600 years took effect a couple hours ago. christiane amanpour is joining us. benedict ended his reign a couple of hours ago. what's it like now? what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, listen, i think people are taking it in stock and moving forward but i must say a couple of hours ago when 2:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local, the swiss guard, the traditional guard that protects the pope walked inside, closed the doors when he was at castel go gandolfo and you got that sense of finality t, it's been very dramatic when he flew in his helicopter, landed there, came out on the balcony of the summer residence and told people, i am no longer pope today. i am just a pilgrim. all of a sudden the emotion and enormity of what happened, because it's a precedent-setting event, all of that set in and you saw the pope look almost -- i don't know. almost relieved when he gave his last blessing. having looked very tired in morning in his meeting with the cardinals and yesterday durin
that for you on tomorrow's "cbs evening news." pope benedict has just three days left in office and today in one of his last acts before retiring he changed the church rules so that the election of his successor can begin sooner. whoever that successor is, allen pizzey tells us he will be inheriting a church in turmoil. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he says his last good-byes. but he leaves behind the vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and those who will choose him. today, britain's most senior cleric, scottish cardinal keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusation but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden. an internal investigation into power struggles and corruption within the vatican hierarchy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found t
kudlow report." the holy father pope benedict xvi announced he will abdicate at the end of this month. health concerns and his worry that he will not be able to adequately lead the world's catholics are the main reasons why. is this a lesson to the world's politicians and ceos? i say you bet it is. >>> also tonight, president obama's state of the union address tomorrow night supposed to be about improving the economy and saving jobs. but i'm hearing tax increases. do they have any faith in this white house? what are they worried about? and can the stock market rally continue if washington starts to meddle again too much? we'll ask top names like bob lutz, obama supporter robert wolfe, and many more. >>> speaking of government meddling, red flags up again about obama care. killing jobs, even government jobs. one of the nation's most prominent surgeons told president obama to his face at last week's national prayer breakfast that he has a much better idea nap surgeon is going to join us this evening. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up, call it the marijuana shocker. the
... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. >>> pope benedict xvi will live out his final days in vatican city as he relinquishes his thrown. cardinals around the world will gather to determine who will succeed him. what direction will the church go in let's ask nbc news vatican analyst who's in roam for us. george, i want to dive right in because i know we have got a delay to worry about. most people know the role of the pope as the spiritual leader among catholics, but of course his other job is to proselytize and grow his flock. if you look around the landscape of global catholicism, you see that catholicism is very important in parts of europe, south america and south africa. should that be a consideration in choosing the next pope, finding someone who might be able to grow the flock in area where is catholicism is least represented? >> reporter: first of all the church is actually in very bad shape in a lot of western europe. and what we need, i think, what the church needs, is a pope who wherever he comes from is such a radically converted disciple of jesus cri
're with us. i'm jenna lee. pope benedict xvi citing his declining health for this decision. the vatican says there is nothing mysterious or grave they quote. but the pope benedict xvi brother told a german newspaper that the pope had difficulty walking. just one report but something to take into consideration here. the 85-year-old pontiff will resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as pope. he was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005. we're getting new reaction to the announcement from around the world and across the united states. the united states home to 68 million catholics, about 1/5 of the country, including reaction from one church leader elevated to cardinal by the pope last february. >> my affection and for and ad mir vision -- admiration for pope ben benedict xvi. i love him so much, as the bish shop of roam who appointed me to you all. to the holy father who made me a cardinal. i just always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. i'm in admiration for him is even higher because of his you humility. jenna: mr. anderson just had a private meeting
benedict xvi announced the historic resignation. >> he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >>> president obama will announce a year from today, the united states will have 34,000 fewer troops in afghanistan. >>> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> to keep mice from overrunning their mistress's boudoirs. >> top ten questions on the application to become a "sports illustrated" swimsuit model. >> how would brent musburger describe you. >> >> clint's son colin stole the show. >> colinkohl pope benedict xvi announced his resignation. >> what will he do for work? he could become the walmart greeter. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." north korea defied the country again, the foreign ministry is threatening measures of greater ear intensity. >> bill plante confirmed president obama will discuss the during nuclear test during his state ofnion add the union tonight, the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more.t the north says it tested a de lighter miniaturized nuclear device underground. marga
that pope benedict xvi would step down at the end of the month. only a handful of popes have renounced their office. pope benedict xvi is the first to resign in 600 years. when benedict became the pope in 2005 he was 78 years old. now at 85 age seems to be the reason for his resignation. speaking in latin on monday the pope said quote after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god i have dome the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the petrine. benedict's successor faces several challenges both in the u.s. and around the world. seminary enrollment in the u.s. has fallen at a staggering rate also in europe. church attendance is down. the church's center of gravity has moved to africa and the church works through the legacy of widespread cover-up of rape by priests a cover-up that revealed institutional failures. given all this how exactly should we judge pope benedict's brief papacy and what's next for the world's largest and oldest institutions. i have to say, i was raised in the church, i was baptized in the chu
. that burst into flames. one one >> pope benedict the sixteenth led his final sunday prayer as pontiff this morning. tens of thousands came to st. peter's square to hear the pope's sermon, and to pray with him. on thursday, benedict becomes the first pope tobut he says he's not abandoning the church. instead, the 85-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san fran
benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
? today, it was revealed that pope benedict will retain his honorific title of his holiness nd be known as pope emeritus after he advocates. -- abdicates. when global events this really is, the resignation of a pope. it has not happened for 600 years. the whole place is swarming with foreign tv crews. theally, the audience of pope is a relatively low-key affair. but interest in attending wednesday's event was so great that they had to move it. there are thousands of shares already laid out. 35,000 people have already booked tickets to attend. and that number is expected to grow. intense interest not only around the world, but here in rome as well. because the pope is also the bishops in rome. i'm standing at the moment on the territory of the italian republic. this ground is italy. on the other side of this fence, it is the independent state of the vatican city. we are not allowed to take our cameras. you get a sense of the separations that are already under way. the following day will be his last day in office. he will have a private meeting with the cardinals that have already arrived
. savannah? >> al, thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, bone addict xvi, roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, they g he will have to switch to brown shoes. he will wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in the newspaper sunday that o'brien denied. monday, pope benedict o
voting change and the allegations of inappropriate behavior. >> pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. they no longer have to wait 15 days to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on thursday cardinals can decide to move up the ceremony. >> i think we should get it to as soon as possible. >> i'm surprise d. >> they would like a new pope before easter week, march 24th. keith o'brien will be noticeably absent. he resigned amid allegations he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. o'brien denies the acquisitions and says he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> the fact that it has been accepted by pope benedict i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainly that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists say the new allegations are another blemish for the church. >> it's sad. very sad. >> i think it's a shame they have to experience that. >> pope benedict also met monday with the elderly cardinals who conducted a probe into the leak of vatican documents. the out going pope has de
. they say his mind was as sharp as ever, even at the age of 96. >>> pope benedict is leaving it up to the cardinals of the catholic church when it comes to starting the meeting that will choose his successor. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the conclave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the usual 15-day waiting period ends. benedict's resignation takes effect this coming thursday. >>> prosecutors in italy have asked that manslaughter charges be brought against the captain of "the costa concordia" cruise ship. francisco schettino was at the helm when the ship slammed against a reef and capsized more than a year ago. 32 people, including 2 americans, died in that accident. >>> and coming up after the break, stocks sliding yet again, just days after a historic high. >>> plus, one year later. today, a community remembers trayvon martin. >>> and meltdown, big-time. a traveler's epic tantrum at the check-in counter. all of it, yep, caught on camera. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, fresh fears are sending stocks lower this morning. wit
in the wind." >>> when pope benedict officials steps down thursday he'll take on a new title. the vatican announced this morning benedict will be called emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor. britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts, the pope changed the rules of the meeting. allen pizzey is in vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the newest guessing game here is how soon the conclave will begin. by both law and tradition, the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after benedict officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible, according to a well-placed vatican source. a major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals. but they must be dealt with in the view of cardinal james stafford, who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it mean to be despised which many of us it does mean, then we accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that if you want to get people bac
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